Results of music study strike a welcome chord among parents

By Diana Whittle Music education in local schools is taking stage center, say administrators from both Kyrene and Tempe Elementary districts. This agrees with a new nationwide survey of 1,000 music and arts education teachers and 800 parents, which finds strong support for music education at all grade levels. “Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes […]

2 from Tempe only state teachers honored

Excelling in their high school classes evidently set a pair of young Tempe women on a path toward lifelong achievement. The James Madison Foundation has awarded one of its coveted fellowships to Corona del Sol teacher Lisa Adams, a 1972 graduate of McClintock High School, for her dedication to civic education. Adams is the only […]

Three schools earn A+ recognition

By Diana Whittle Three schools in the Kyrene district — Mariposa Elementary, Kyrene Traditional Academy’s Sureño campus and Pueblo Middle School — have earned the Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence recognition for the 2014-15 academic year. The awards follow an in-depth evaluation in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active […]

Optimism remains as Kyrene schools ponder Ducey budget cuts

By Diana Whittle Spring is always budget time for the Kyrene school district, but this year school administrators must plan for a $5.2 million shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal budget, due to cuts recommended by the governor’s office. According to the Executive Budget Summary, the reason the governor chose to reduce non-classroom spending is to […]

Corona takes first in color guard competition

Corona takes first in color guard competition

The smile on Kaelyn Forbes’ face came as no surprise to the crowd of cheering onlookers when she and her Corona del Sol teammates took first place among the state’s Winter Color Guard competitors. The team scored an impressive 83.61 points in the National Scholastic A division. The daylong championship event showcased more than 50 […]

An ‘Ultimate’ challenge

An ‘Ultimate’ challenge

It was, in a word, the “Ultimate” opportunity for 300-plus kids in area-wide Kyrene schools to compete in a sport that requires no more than a quick wrist and an agile step. It was the annual Ultimate challenge — spinning a round, plastic disc once universally referred to (like Kleenex and Jello) by its best-known […]

For kids, opening the book on summer reading

By Joyce Coronel As temperatures continue to climb and the final day of the school year rapidly approaches, the daunting question looms: What to do with the kids all summer? Turns out your local library has a helpful solution to such summertime dilemmas. Both the Tempe Public Library and Chandler’s Sunset Library offer summer reading […]